Archive for January, 2009

nathan_frontPlays by or about Virginia Woolf have been in the news lately. Well, here’s another stage-related tidbit: Randy Gener, author of the documentary play Love Seats for Virginia Woolf,  is the latest recipient of the annual George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism.

The Nathan Award is the most recent accolade in Gener’s career as a writer, critic, editor, playwright and visual artist based in New York City.  He is also the senior editor of American Theatre magazine and the author of other plays, as well as scholarly essays, articles and reviews. And he has contributed to the latest edition of the Cambridge Guide to American Theatre.

Read Gener’s review of the SITI Company’s production of Room, the solo drama based on Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own.

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Frank Stasio

Frank Stasio

Tune in to National Public Radio at noon EST on Jan. 29 to hear Christopher Reed, Craufurd Goodwin and Mark Hussey discuss the Bloomsbury in American Collections exhibit at the Nasher Gallery of Duke University.

The three will appear on  a WUNC program called “The State of  Things,” hosted by Frank Stasio, which broadcasts live from Chapel Hill, N.C.

Click here to listen, or turn your radio dial to 91.5-FM if you are within range of their signal.

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Virginia Woolf“Woolf is one of the most important feminist theorists of the 20th century — in a class with Beauvoir and, really, probably no one else.

“Woolf is probably the greatest woman novelist writing in English in the 20th century. She is one of the great writers of English literature, period. Her position is really pretty unparalleled and I don’t see her stock dropping anytime soon.”

That is a quote from Anne Fernald of Fernham in response to the question, “What do you think Woolf’s place is in the history of literature?”  The query was posed in “Seven Questions on Virginia Woolf”on the LA Times blog Jacket Copy.

In my opinion, Fernald’s answer was dead-on. Read her answers to the other six.

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Orlando is dead. Long live Orlando

OrlandoOrlando is dead. Orlando the cat, that is.

The feline who worked as a goodwill ambassador and greeter at Bloomsbury Books in Ashland, Oregon, for the past 15 years, died Jan. 19. His age was unknown.

Orlando also worked as a model, posing for photographs that adorned postcards sold at the store.

He is survived by many friends who considered him a fellow book lover who honored the literary heritage of his namesake, Virginia Woolf’s Orlando.

“He was a literate cat,”  Karen Chapman, co-owner of the store, told the Mail Tribune.

She described the time he scratched the top of a box of books and damaged a book titled Women Who Love Dogs.

“We were sure he was able to read,” she said.

A memorial service for Orlando was held on Jan. 25, Woolf’s 127th birthday

To read the full Mail Tribune story about Orlando the cat, click here.

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Vanessa and VirginiaSusan Sellers‘ new novel, Vanessa and Virginia, is said to provide a new angle on the relationship between Virginia Woolf and her elder sister Vanessa Bell because it is told from Vanessa’s pespective.

Although Sellers has published numerous non-fiction books as well as short stories, this is her first novel. It was published in the UK by two Ravens Press last June, and it will be published in the U.S. by Houghton Harcourt in May.

Sellers, who is professor of English and related literature at the University of St Andrews, is known as the co-editor of the Cambridge University Press editions of Virginia Woolf’s works. She is also a noted scholar on Hélène Cixous.

She will be at the Woolf and the City conference at Fordham University in June.

Get more insight into Vanessa and Virginia by reading this interview with Sellers on the Two Ravens blog or this one on Vulpes Libris.

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